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what is the difference between physical and psychological addiction

A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
23 years experience Addiction Medicine
See below: Addiction is primarily defined by its psychological or behavioral component, which does have a biological basis. There is no such thing as physical ad ... Read More

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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Berry
13 years experience Clinical Psychology
Addiction: When a heroin addict quits cold turkey, the pain that he feels in being "dope sick" is beyond description in agony. This is an example of physical add ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Both: Addiction to any substance implies that the body has not only become physically habituated to it, but a behavior change has also happened. Rather tha ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience Internal Medicine
Both: Both physical and psychological dependence can occur.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Addiction: Physical tolerance to a substance can mean that more & more of it is needed for the same effect; physical addiction can mean having withdrawal symptom ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Marx
47 years experience Pain Management
Definitions: I believe you are interchanging physical addiction with dependence which generally means that the removal of the subject will cause some type of withd ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
56 years experience Psychiatry
Very little: I believe we are splitting hairs. Same thing. If you are physically dependent, that describes the hallmark of addiction. Hope this helps. Whatever you ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Psych.: Psychiatrist is a medical doctor (md) treating patients with mental illnesses, both thru therapy & managing medications. Psychologist is a phd who tre ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Lavi
34 years experience Clinical Psychology
Different types of: Training. Psychiatrists study medicine and then specialize in psychiatry and medication 4 psychiatric disorders. Psychologists specialize in psycholo ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marc Zimmermann
21 years experience Psychiatry
Professions: If you are asking about the professions, counselors have less training and are not trained in psychological testing.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Nasky
15 years experience Psychiatry
Exposure = less fear: Habituation is the decline in response to fear-provoking stimuli with repeated exposure. Habituation is a passive process, in contrast to extinction, ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Miller
9 years experience Family Medicine
Three things: You have mentioned three different things: tolerance - needing more of a drug to get the same effect. Very common in many drugs. Dependence - a physic ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Front
26 years experience Clinical Psychology
Addiction = disease: It looks and often feels like voluntary behavior, but addiction is a disease. See the video, "pleasure unwoven, "available from www.Instituteforadd ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Eitner
33 years experience Family Medicine
Specialization: In general terms, occupational therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy. Pts may focus on treating an injury and healing the body. Ots focu ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Specializes in Addiction Medicine
Yes: Physical dependence involves use to avoid withdrawal both physiologic and substance dependent without compulsive, lack of control behavior. You can ha ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Lavi
34 years experience Clinical Psychology
Different types of: Training. Occupational therapists help people assess special adaptations for work situations following injury or due to a physical disability. Psychol ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Psychiatry vs. Psych: Also, psychiatrists can prescribe medications, psychologists cannot. Some psychologists specialize in hypnotherapy & biofeedback.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Specializes in Addiction Medicine
Time and criteria: Traditional definition is the prescence of disease that affects in the area of compulsion, craving, unable to cut back, having consequences, and incr ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience Family Medicine
Psychogenic: simply refer to a thought or mentally provoked action or reaction. A psychosomatic issue is one in which thoughts actually trigger a true body reactio ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Claude Sassoon
21 years experience Clinical Psychology
Doctor of psychology: Psychotherapy is defined as a therapeutic interaction or treatment contracted between a trained professional and a patient; family, couple or group. I ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Michael
14 years experience Clinical Psychology
Some: Counseling psychologists can get licensed for mental health purposes just like clinical. Usually they focus on more 'normative' problems in living, ed ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Griggs
38 years experience Clinical Psychology
Not much.: Abuse that causes hurtful emotional reactions can be caused by harshly acted out feelings or thoughts exressed in ways designed to also hurt. If you ... Read More

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